This is kind of terrifying. Researchers asked men and women who were trying to avoid pregnancy how they would feel if they or their partner got pregnant — whether they would be “Very upset, a little upset, a little pleased, very pleased, wouldn’t care.” The results?
Results: Staggeringly gendered! Forty-three percent of young men responded that they would be “a little pleased” or “very pleased” by the news; only 20 percent of women answered the same. Men also proved more comfortable with an unplanned pregnancy at an earlier age: Thirty-four percent of men 18-19 said they would be pleased. By the time they reach age 20-24, 42 percent of men said they would be pleased. And over 50 percent of men aged 25-29 would be pleased by the news. Remember: this is only among men who deemed it “important” that a pregnancy not occur at this junction.
Women, though, were generally less pleased — 16 percent across the board for women 18-24, 29 percent for women 25-29.
So what, exactly, is going on? Are dudes’ biological clocks just ticking faster? Is it a weird territory-marking thing? Are they just excited to know that their sperm worked, as someone suggested in the comments over at The Sexist? Is this a way for them to enter into a certain lifestyle they might want (a wife, kids, etc) without having to make serious decisions or admit they actually want it? Anyone?
Thanks to Amanda for the link.
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